A love song for you!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 12 – 18 August  2019

18th August is the tenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org 

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Isaiah 5:1-7A “love-song” concerning God’s vineyard. Judah: God “expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry.”

Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19. The Psalm is an excellent response to the first reading.

Hebrews 11:29-12:2. The mighty deeds and martyrdom of people who acted on faith. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also … run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus …”

Luke 12:49-56. Last week: “Do not be afraid, little flock.” This week: “I came to bring fire to the earth … I have come . . . to bring division.”

Our Adoration focus comes from David’s song of praise in 2 Samuel 22.  This song was sung when the Lord delivered him from all his enemies.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: 2 Samuel 22:2 “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer…”

Confession: Seeking transformation: This week examine your life and seek God’s gift of transformation by praying this prayer each day: “Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do Thy will.”  (Ignatius of Loyola) Today’s focus: listening for God’s call.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Lord we pray that your church may be led by your Spirit into enthusiastic witness to your glory.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication:  Then He called to his disciples and the people around Him, and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34 (Philips)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: 2 Samuel 22:3 “The Lord is my rock in whom I take refuge…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Procrastination.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Lord. Help us, your church, to see how big the Gospel is and to let its good news enthuse us.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Then He called to his disciples and the people around Him, and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34 (Philips)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: 2 Samuel 22:4 “I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Lack of self-worth.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Lord give us, your church, boldness for declaring the good news of Christ.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Then He called to his disciples and the people around Him, and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34 (Philips)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: 2 Samuel 22: 17 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep water.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Reluctance to risk.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Lord, lead us, your church, in sacrificial service for the sake of the mission of the church.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Then He called to his disciples and the people around Him, and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34 (Philips)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: 2 Samuel 22:29 You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Seeing the vision.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Lord help us, your church, to grasp the length, depth and height of your call upon us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Then He called to his disciples and the people around Him, and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34 (Philips)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: 2 Samuel 22:33 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Set free to serve.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Lord, give us, your church, a vision for the Kingdom of God in all its fullness as it transforms every facet of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Then He called to his disciples and the people around Him, and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34 (Philips)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: 2 Samuel 22:47 The Lord lives!  Praise be to my rock!  Exalted be God, the rock, my Saviour!

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Following Jesus’s example.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Lord, help us your church to worship you in Spirit and in Truth.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Then He called to his disciples and the people around Him, and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34 (Philips)